Kenny Chesney, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend and Sting are just a few of the artists who have been tapped to pay tribute to Bruce Springsteen on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.
The MusiCares Person of the Year, staged by the Recording Academy two days before the organization hosts the Grammy Awards, has a reputation for gathering some of the biggest names in pop. It's a high-priced gala full of one-of-a-kind performances, and this year's crop features young up-and-comers (the Alabama Shakes), Springsteen contemporaries (Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris) and an out-and-out soul/R&B legend in Mavis Staples.
The already sold-out charitable event at the Los Angeles Convention Center will also feature the likes of Mumford & Sons, Ben Harper, Faith Hill, Jim James, Natalie Maines, Tim McGraw, Tom Morello, Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder and, last but not least, Neil Young. Participating artists will perform selections from the Springsteen catalog.
MusiCares, the charitable offshoot of the Recording Academy, has in recent years honored Paul McCartney, Young and Brian Wilson. In 2006, the MusiCares gala honoring Taylor was filmed and aired on PBS, but there are no immediate plans to give the Springsteen event a similar broadcast treatment, said a spokeswoman for the Recording Academy.